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Old November 11th, 2008, 12:09 PM   #1
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HFS+Journaling?

I just got a new Macbook Pro, and I'm wondering if I should use journaling with the eSATA drive. I understand journaling is "more secure" but wonder if there aren't any "gotchas" when editing video.

* The original HDV & DVCProHD files will be backed up elsewhere.
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Old November 11th, 2008, 12:43 PM   #2
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From what I've read format your media drives with Journaling off.
Explaining OS X 10.3 File Journaling
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Old November 11th, 2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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Doesn't make a huge difference these days to be honest. That article was written by the great Larry Jordan but it's 5 years old now and doesn't seem to hold true as much anymore. He might of course update and say otherwise if he happens to read this post, I typically format journaled, the performance is about the same.

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Old November 12th, 2008, 12:41 PM   #4
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Hey Michael,

It's been discussed a lot in the past here:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...planation.html
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...nal-drive.html
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...ormatting.html
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...ed-frames.html
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...ing-video.html

You know, I tend to agree with Noah these days. I just did a project which used a bunch of external drives and formatted them all with journaling on. No problems so far (using a 3.0gzh iMac and 2.4ghz MBP).
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Old November 12th, 2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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journaling on over here too
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Old November 12th, 2008, 10:34 PM   #6
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journaling can be turned on and off with out formatting BTW.

in disk utility, select the volume and enable / disable.

my vote is off if you are pushing the drives, as FCP has enough problems
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Old November 12th, 2008, 11:56 PM   #7
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yep, if you are regularly pushing / maxing your drive's write capabilities then you might eke just that tiny bit extra performance that one day you need
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